After the crucifixion, historians agree that James the Just, the brother of Jesus, became the leader of the followers of Jesus who regrouped in Jerusalem. Later known as James the Just for his reputed piety (legend has it that his knees were calloused from constant prayer), it fell to James to hold the Jesus movement together until the expected return of the Messiah.
Amidst the bloody factionalism of pre-civil war Jerusalem, his greatest struggle came from an unexpected quarter--Paul from Tarsus who claimed a divine calling to the Gentiles (non-Jews). Over issues of traditional Torah requirements (circumcision, dietary restrictions, and Sabbath observance), James contended with Paul for the soul of the emerging Jesus movement. Released to critical acclaim, A Wretched Man, a novel of Paul the apostle, tells the story of their years of strife, which is nothing less than the birth pangs of Christianity.
Follow along as the novel tracks their parallel paths. Walk with Paul as he wanders the highways of the Roman Empire. Worry with James the Just as he attempts to steer a straight course through the competing Jerusalem factions: Pharisees, Sadducees, Hellenists, Herodians, and always those bloody Romans. Kneel and pray with James the Just as he pleads for the Messiah's return. Listen in as Paul comes to Jerusalem for three pivotal confrontations with James the Just. Wonder with them as they try to understand what it all means.
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